OK, back behind the computer screen. Had a great weekend up in Pawley’s Island with a terrific bunch of guys. We got deluged with rain on Friday afternoon at The Heritage Club, but also had plenty of laughs and the staff at the club was terrific and we all made the best of a bad situation. Good golf course, but those greens are just a bit tough for a low country golfer!
I’m very goal oriented. It’s a fantastic motivator. I try to set goals that are hard to reach, but not impossible. I like the idea of “shooting for the stars, and if you miss…. you’ll still reach the moon!”
I bring this up because about 60 blog entries ago I told my wife that I would blog 100 days in a row before I began to space them out! Just realized that I’m going to be without a computer for the next two days while up on a TRAVEL WITH THE PRO golf trip up in Pawleys Island and won’t be able to blog (most likely).
I have currently blogged for 92 straight days. So close! Talk to you next week.
Let me clarify my thoughts on feel. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t feel. I’m saying:
I believe that on your good shots you should definitely be saying,
“hmmm, what did that feel like?” and you should come up with some
answers if you would like.
feel. I’m sure I often do, but mostly you’ll find that I try to give
observations, I attempt to nudge golfers towards what they want to do,
and I always try to allow golfers to learn on their own! I want
golfers saying to themselves: “What did that shot tell me?” “What can
I learn from that shot?”
KNOW and BELIEVE that there are no mysteries to a golf swing! Every
shot clearly tells you what happened! NOW try to do what you want to
do on the next swing!!!
Feel is too personal
for outside consumption. I also believe that FEELING my great shots
before I experience them in reality is one of the reasons that I’m (not
to sound too arrogant) pretty good.
I don’t trust what others feel. Heck, I’ve learned to not even trust
what I feel to a large degree!! You see, I trust physics. I trust the
laws of ball flight.
they here a better player talk about what they feel. They hang on
every word and work tirelessly (for a couple of minutes or days) trying
to feel what the great ones felt. It pretty much never works.
the simplest way to show that feel is not something we should be
relying on: Has anyone ever looked at their swing for the first time
on video and said, “that’s exactly what I thought my swing looked like!”
Jack Nicklaus was off on what he “felt” compared to what his swing
actually looked like! What that means is that our feel can be
‘DON’T’ LIE” (say it with an Arkansas accent). I’m here to tell you
that you can learn much faster if you give up trying to feel and
micromanage your swing! You can learn much faster if you simply
recognize how you struck the shot and where it went! You can learn
exponentially faster if you PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR FINISH! Are you
fully turned? Relaxed? Balanced? If not…. GET BETTER AT THAT
I like what Jeanne-Marie Busuttil said to me once: “You can video my swing, but just don’t show it to me!”
Bottom Line: Trying to borrow a feel from someone else (who’s feel might be very helpful personally even though it is not accurate with their actual swing) is usually not a great idea. TRUST PHYSICS!
the right side of this picture you get a glimpse of the “native
grasses” that are featured throughout the course. It shouldn’t come in
to play on this par three, but believe me, you want to avoid those
areas on any and every hole!
Just kidding. I’m not going to comment on Tiger. I’ll let the rest of the world make predictions and judge him….
The great pitfall of golfers is trying to over think the moving parts of the golf swing. It’s the hardest way to learn! Understand the TASK (function) and let the body respond…. Your form will follow. Think about how we learn to tie our shoes, ride a bike, or drive a car. The task is to make loops and make knots. The body responds by moving the hands in a particular way (can you imagine if you had to learn the mechanics of this motion consciously?) and as you train, your form improves!
Same with riding a bike, or typing! The mechanics of motion respond to the task you want to perform!
The real reason we get stuck in golf is that universally, the TASK is wrong! Most all golfers are trying to STRIKE a ball, or STEER/GUIDE a ball…. Your body responds perfectly to this task… The result is a FORM that is a bit messy!!!!
The TASK should be to THROW the club through the ball so the ball can fly out to the target! Form will follow (read: better mechanics) if one would just give themselves the time to develop.
Go PLAY GOLF. Stop THINKING golf swing.
Congratulations to all that played in the DRIVER DRILL TOURNAMENT yesterday! Great stuff. Andy, Meredith, and Cynthia set a new tournament record!!!
I appreciate all the work you put into your golf, it makes my job extremely rewarding. Makes me proud!
Playing golf in the GRAVITY DRILLS is a crazy experience that can be incredibly enlightening! There is truly something different about being on a golf course, and the drills will teach you that STEERING, GUIDING, STRIKING will never work with any kind of consistency! If done regularly on the course, you will learn to swing with GRAVITY and ROTATION, and soon be able to bring your range game to the course!
So if you felt incredibly strange on the course in the drills, it’s simply telling you that you use a different system to PLAY than you do to TRAIN…. (I know I did!) After a few more rounds (and a bucket load of more training on the range) in the drills, you’ll be able to feel the GRAVITY SWING works it’s way into your brain and swing! If you can figure out how to make a free, uninhibited swing on the course, it’s can be one of the truly great rewards in life!